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120 Minute IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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120 Minute IPA120 Minute IPA

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Too extreme to be called beer? 120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops!

120 IBU
ABV varies from 15-20%.

Added by frank4sail on 03-24-2003

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Reviews: 2,185 | Ratings: 7,765
Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark orange/brown aka amber-ish color with a solid head.

smell is heavy, alcohol notes reign in. sweetness is there too, subdued caramel malt as well.

taste is heavy and thick yet sweet. the alcohol is there and causes some slight burning in the throat. a sweet heavy IPA (or whatever style you wanna consider it). clearly a high abv beer but it does drink well.

goes down surprisingly easy. a thick-ish beer with a slight alcohol burn but is still good.

overall this is actually a pretty good beer. it's certainly BIG but it is good. much sweeter than i thought it would be. i was expecting extreme dryness like a Belgian style big beer, at least from the Saisons/Tripels i've had. almost like dry wine. this was like a sweet barleywine.

i bought a 4pack of these and put one in the fridge immediately. still have 3 aging, looking forward to them at a later date.

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Photo of havron
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I drove four hours for the privilege of finally having this beast on tap at the Dogfish Head 20 Beers for 20 Years event at World of Beer in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday night. I came for the 120 and stayed for all the other great brews that DH has to offer, and this monster alone – my very first 120 Minute – was well worth every mile.

Served on draught into a snifter as a far too generous pour for something with this high an ABV. Damn, I am grateful to the bartender, but it looks like I won't be going anywhere for a while tonight...

L: Hazy bright orange-copper topped with a thin ring of head displaying good retention and solid, sticky lacing.

S: Fruitcake and booze, all the way. Surprisingly not a lot in the way of classically recognizable hops in the nose, but the distinctive fruitcake aroma is quite inviting. I'm not a fruitcake hater, unlike as is the fashion, but I'm not exactly a huge fan either. However I will say that if fruitcake tasted as delicious as this smelled, I would absolutely enjoy the Christmas season quite a bit more.

T: BOOZE. Wow. This wicked brew gives you about a second of false security after hitting the tongue before quickly building the alcohol to a punch in the face crescendo, backed by a short blast of prickly carbonation over a strong malty backbone, accompanied by a vibrant and solid kick of flamboyant citrus and piney resinous hops. The booziness reaches a sharp spike and then gradually trails off to reveal a malty maraschino cherry flavor with a bit of a medicinal note, before melting away to more completely showcase the hop profile. As many others have said, being so strong and malty this beer definitely has quite a bit of a barleywine character but, amazingly, this is still, somehow, resolutely an IPA. At eighteen goddamn percent. I don't know which volcano and/or ancient god these guys sacrificed a virgin to in order to pull off this brewing miracle, but hoo lawd, well done!

F: Thick and resinous, this stuff coats the tongue and sticks around for quite some time after every sip. Not an absolutely complete palate-wrecker, but balancing on a knife edge of that distinction. You won't think you're drinking water, that's for damn sure.

O: Wonderful. An incredibly unique and well-crafted bruiser of a brew, this was an absolutely sublime experience and well worth the wait. I can now die happy.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on draft at Knob Hill Tavern in Newburgh, IN, so a fresh taste!

Appearance: Poured an opaque amber into snifter. Little suds at all.

Aroma: Alcoholic burn, fruitiness. Not over-the-top hops as would be expected. This is an entirely different beast at 18%!

Taste: Fruity, but with a definite and pronounced alcohol heat. This one’s sweeter, rather than bitter hoppy, weirdly. Most certainly a heavy brew, and one to sip, 120 Minute leaves a burn on the tongue like a harder alcohol, rather than a traditional beer. Very glad to have finally tried this landmark IPA, but not one I’d seek out again, either, especially at the price.

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Photo of usmnt2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark amber. Had a sweet smell to it, could almost be a barley wine. Despite being a little boozy and heavy, I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet, syrup like taste that it had. Would definitely get it again!

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Photo of jspaner
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a bit too much of a good thing. Dogfish head should have stopped @ 90 minute IPA. Glad I got to try it, but I won't go out of my way to have this one again. The look & smell is fine, but the taste is very strong, and the alcohol "burn" is very pronounced. The 60 & 90 minute IPAs are much more enjoyable.

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Photo of rjd722
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: On tap at Downtown Crown, pours a dark orange-amber with a ring a white foam around the side.

Aroma: Big malty aroma, slight peach and minimal hops.

Taste: Highly malt forward with slight dark fruit again with minimal hops and bitterness; slightly boozy but for an 18%er it's very well done.

Feel: Mouthfeel is boozy and long lasting, good stuff.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 12 fl. oz bottle dated 07/22/15. Sampled on November 10, 2015. Served at about 45 degrees.

The pour is an attractive looking medium amber-copper-yellow hued tone with a lingering foamy white head up top.

Vibrant aroma of barley malts, caramel, peach, mango, other fruits, and almost no booze for 15+ ABV. The hop character is also more subdued than I would have expected.

Bold, creamy body.

Same sort of roasted caramel and barley malt flavors at first followed by a peach, and orange sweetness and perhaps a bit of cognac. Alcohol burn is notable but not overpowering in the least. Bitterness is far mellower than I anticipated. A definite sipper. I felt its 18% ABV about halfway through the bottle. I bought a single bottle. If it wasn't so expensive I might buy another one to age for a year.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much like a barley wine. Big hop aroma and dark fruits, plums, and raisins. Somewhat dank. Taste is hugely sweet, and the fruit carries forward. The end is just full of booze and hops. This is good, but overhyped. I'd like to try it aged. It seems, overall, a little forced. But I definitely enjoyed it and would love to get my hands on some more.

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Photo of ccbstl
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage, at this age it's an unbalanced, heavy barleywine. Sure it's complex, but there's nothing pleasant about this. If I try this again it will be fresh or aged +5 years. I don't get the hype

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 7.22.15 poured into a pint glass
pours a beautiful orange to amber color with a thick off white head that stuck around for the duration
smell was initially fruity, very strong alcohol almost like a cognac or sherry type dessert wine. as the beer continued to warm i got some floral notes and almost a red wine smell very complex
taste sweet, very strong alcohol fruity floral and complex and again like a sherry or cognac due to the very high abv
feel thick, viscous and somewhat carbonated
this was the first time i have had this in probably 5 years and while my tastes have moved to the more hoppy side, i still found this very drinkable and enjoyable.....i left it out on the counter to warm about 45 minutes before opening and drank it very slowly
next time i will try to age it for a year or two to see how it changes

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: giant hoppy bitter alcohol bite, warming barley wine mouth feel.
Copper color with a semi haze. Nose is big and complex of hops. Full body with and average head.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big bruiser of an IPA, I little thick on pallet, the hops are there but somewhat overwhelmed but the sweet, caramel and honey flavors and obviously some big boozy notes. Inspite of the beers aggressive nature it remains deceptively drinkable, just a fun beer to drink.

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Photo of schiltron
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had heard about this beer for a long time but never got a chance to try it. I thought it would taste way too alcohol-ly and not much like actual beer at 18%, but wow was I surprised! It has a very good taste, the alcohol is not too much for a good beer taste & feel. I can't wait to have another one... although at the price it goes for, I'm sure it will be a little while before I do!

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Photo of Tilly
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Slightly hazy amber with a small white head. Nice lacing.
A: Bourbon, honey, malt and huge spice.
T: Much the same as the aroma.
M: Tangy, clean, huge alcohol finish.
O: Not really an IPA. More like a barleywine. Real good beer regardless.

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Photo of jes167
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would not really call this an IPA. My best description would be a dirty Tripel. That strong tripel taste and mouth feel with hoppy bitterness finish. Like a scotch you can almost smell the alcohol. Definitely needs to be served cold. Had one that was probably in the mid 40's and it just didn't feel right. A couple of days later had one that probably 35-38 and was much smoother and easier to drink. I am cellaring 1 for a year and another possibly for 2.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy burnt orange with a pillowy off white head.

Nose is caramel, hops, and malt - this is as intensely hopped of a beer as I've ever had. It is incredibly sweet, warm, and a good bit of bitter too.

I've never had an aged 120 but definitely see how people call it a barleywine as it loses the hop profile. Definitely a sometime, not anytime, treat.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a 2014 vintage 12 oz bottle.

Color is a hazy orange with a thin white head. Aroma is a lot like a barleywine - boozy with dank hops and caramel. Taste is also a barleywine - boozy, malty and moderately bitter. Finish is mildly bitter along with a strong alcohol bite. Overall, a very good beer, but misclassified as an IPA.

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Photo of Gr8Stouts
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding! Not for the weak beer drinker. Taste more like a strong barleywine comparable to an "Insanity" or in a new category like Angry Chair's Girthquake. I have had it at release, on tap and aged 2 years. I will buy as much as I can find.

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Photo of BWood
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Strong beer lol. Definitely a heavy hitter. You can feel the alcohol. I tend to like it so I thought it was pretty good. I don't think this could ever be a daily drinker but I will buy whenever I get the chance.

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Photo of don1481
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/17/14 poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a rapidly dissipating white head.

Smell: This smells so much like a barleywine. Way moreso than an IPA. Kinda like an aged Devil Dancer from Founders, but more luxurious.

Taste: boozy. Alcohol burns a little in the mouth. Definitely needs more time to age. 1 year isn't enough.

Mouthfeel: slightly syrupy and with hops that linger.

Overall: thinking this needs at least two years of aging before consumption. Looking forward to it.

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Photo of Extol
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - copper in color. Smell - grilled grapefruit smell. Taste - bam. Hard as hell. Awesome depth of flavors. Overall - would get again this was aged three years.

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Photo of MHurley
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange with a thin lacing with a decent size head. Smell is of alcohol. At first taste you get the hops and the citrus fruit but then you get hit with the over welming alcohol flavor. More of a barley wine to me then IPA. Very good beer all around with it hitting a Abv of 21% this year.

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Photo of Tropheus
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Woa! This is not for me. To boozy, to malty and little hops flavor. Usually enjoy stronger beers like BCBS which I had prior to this even 2 roads 20 ton Barleywine was decent but this asan IPA a no go for me.

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Photo of dd43
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Its not too extreme to be called beer, but it might be too malty and too boozy to be called an imperial IPA. This drinks like a high test barleywine. The sweetness of this beer is big, but there is a pronounced hop flavor with accompanying bitterness to balance it out to an extent. The caramel on the nose is in your face. In your mouth this beer felt somewhat sticky, not lip smacking but by the same token I think an entire 12 oz bottle might be overkill for one sitting. This is worth splitting with a friend.

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Photo of fenixtx423
2.33/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had the 2015 version on tap at Tap & Bottle in Tucson, AZ 09-10-2015.
This beer is cloyingly sweet, intensely boozy, and has a rich caramel slightly oxidized malt flavor. The hop aroma and flavor is quite low for an imperial IPA. This beer to me is either a mediocre barleywine, or a terrible Imperial IPA. Take your pick.

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120 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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